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Marilyn Monroe

 

Marilyn's story was different and unique but it isn't how people would initially lead you to believe. Marilyn's story will resonate with those who struggle with depression and anxiety, yet need to put on a smiling face every day to become successful. We are telling her story to share with our community that a person's life can seem perfect from the outside, but the person you see might not be the same person they see in the mirror. She defines what World Power is all about, do you value how the world sees you or do you value who you see in the mirror?

We tell the other side of Marilyn's story that describes who she was as a wonderfully imperfect woman:

Marilyn was largely misunderstood and this is emblematic of her battle with depression and anxiety while her pictures and movies would suggest otherwise. Norma Jeane Mortenson grew up as an orphan, struggling to support herself and her family. Her mother left her and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia and she was eventually hospitalized for her illness. The identity of her father is unknown. Despite these personal setbacks, Marilyn seemingly lived a life that no one else could have. People could only dream about being in her shoes, but really she acted to escape her reality just like how everyone watched her to escape their reality.

 

Mass media, fame, and consumerism began its rise in Marilyn's time, and she was one of the first to experience its detrimental effects.
When Marilyn realized she was being underpaid by production companies, she started her own: Marilyn Monroe Productions. She couldn't stop, she wouldn't stop, and neither should she have stopped.
This is what made her different. She was a brave woman, not a dumb blonde. She played a character to earn her success. This character was anything but Norma Jeane Mortenson.
She portrays both the good side of living life your way, and the bad side of slipping down the dangerous road of no self-worth or identity.
Social Media & the Marilyn Monroe Effect:
Today's world values validation over self-worth. This is the problem that Marilyn Monroe encountered. What value does validation actually offer when you can't value yourself? These are the problems with society today and the first design is emblematic of this issue.